Reports this morning in the press suggest that the Government will announce plans on Monday to introduce legislation ensuring children have the right to maintain a meaningful relationship with both parents following divorce and separation. This move would represent a tremendous step forward for family law, and benefit the thousands of children who lose contact with a loving parent unnecessarily each year.
Ken Sanderson, CEO of Families Need Fathers, commented, “A move to introduce legislation enshrining a child’s rights to an ongoing meaningful relationship with both parents would be a victory for children. For too long, we have seen children of many separating couples across the country lose out on the emotional and social benefits of a loving relationship with both parents following separation and divorce, and we are delighted that the government intends to address this situation. This is not a question of fathers’ or mothers’ rights; it is about protecting the rights of children to have two loving parents fully involved in their lives wherever possible, to the benefit of the children, their families, and wider society.”
Families Need Fathers will release a more detailed response on Monday, once the details of the Government proposals have been officially announced.
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Ross Jones, Acting Director of Policy and Research 0300 0300 110
Vahsti Hale, Policy and Research Officer 0300 0300 110
Note for editors: Families Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered charity providing information and support on shared parenting issues arising from family breakdown, and support to divorced and separated parents, irrespective of gender or marital status.
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